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This unit aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARD 7 - The Earth
The competent science teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes.
Knowledge Indicators -
7A. understands the structure and composition of the Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems.
7B. understands the transfer of energy within and among Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems.
7E. analyzes and explains large scale dynamic forces, events, and processes that affect the Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems."
"Unit IX Earth's Atmosphere" zip file includes three comprehensive and inclusive PowerPoint lessons with slide sorter notes answering student FAQ's; three review programs with printable color PDF worksheets; three student PPT note guides/outlines (Word); one unit vocabulary sheet (Word); one quiz (Word and PDF) and a Unit assessment (Word and PDF) with answer keys (PDF). A webquest review or introduction activity with an answer key is also included.
A 20-question interactive quiz/review at kahoot.it is added for each PowerPoint lesson. The quiz is available as a link in the last slide and also in the slide sorter notes.
Lessons/programs (not assessments) can also be found separately in the AstronomyDad store.
Terms/concepts/names covered in Unit IX "Earth's Atmosphere" include:
atmosphere, atmospheric composition, atmosphere formation, volcanic outgassing, photosynthesis, free oxygen, ozone, ozone layer, carbon dioxide, fossil fuels, clouds, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere, ionosphere, air pressure, chlorofluorocarbons, CFC's, Sun's energy, Earth's energy budget, energy absorption, heat, radiation, conduction, convection, heat transfer, heat budget, hydrosphere, water cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, changes of state, phase change, water droplets, clouds, Mars, Venus, air pressure, low-pressure, high-pressure, wind, convection currents, solar radiation, equator, Earth's rotation, Coriolis effect, solar heating, wind patterns, global winds, global wind patterns, doldrums, trade winds, prevailing westerlies, polar easterlies, jet streams, weather systems, local winds, sea breezes, land breezes